Background & Description

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

How can you make a difference?

The Research and Evaluation (R&E) Consultant will report to the Chief of Social Policy. Under the guidance of Chief of Social Policy, the R&E Consultant will contribute to generating research data and evaluative evidence to inform social policy options and address cross-cutting issues related to child rights.

To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:

  • Well-prioritized and realistic Plan of Research, Integrated Monitoring and Evaluations (PRIME).
  • Updated, clearly defined Costed Evaluation Plan (CEP) with adequate coverage of evaluations across UNICEF sections, programmes and projects.
  • Contribute to the development, management and delivery of UNICEF SP Strategic Plan
  • High quality and robust evaluation and research function wherein evaluations and research are designed and implemented as per UNICEF/United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders.
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF Sections in the conduct and management of evalautions and research.
  • Document and report a management response against recommendations of completed evaluation.
  • Ensure submission of electronic copies of all approved evaluations and research studies to New York Head Quarters (NYHQ) via the Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.
  • Support collection of data on UNICEF related SDGs indicator.
  • In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support for one or more rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out in humanitarian crisis.
  • Monitoring and evaluation capacity building of Country Office staff and governments.
  • Lead National Evaluation Capacity Development Initiative by supporting implementation of the signed Rolling Workplan with Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI).
  • Collaborate to implement UNICEFs internal capacity building strategies and initiatives.
  • Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions for the identification of capacity gaps and development of strategies to address them.
  • Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF research and evaluation networks in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective programme planning and M&E and research management.
  • Ensure that UNICEF work with regard to SDGs is well coordinated with UN and government partners.
  • Collaborate with Regional Evaluation Adviser and HQ Evaluation Office as well as UNICEF Office of Research for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Coordinate with RCO and other UN agencies and public sector organizations to facilitate UNICEF programmes work on SDGs for children.
  • Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful M&E practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate.

Deliverables

  • Updated PRIME and Costed Evaluation Plan
  • SP Strategic Note (updated)
  • SP (evaluation & research) progress reports on RAM indicators
  • Dashboard list of evaluations and research support supported with level-of-effort (LOE)
  •  List of evaluation for which management response is adequately addressed
  • List of evaluations and research studies reviewed and endorsed to Chief of Social Policy for approval and clearance for uploading on web portal.
  • SDG data collection concept note, framework and progress
  • List of COVID-19 related studies supported.
  • UNICEF-MoPD&SI Rolling Work plan on NECDI Progress Dashboard
  •  Concept note, TORs and Actions taken by UNICEFs Internal Research & Evaluation Technical Taskforce Number of actions taken. Other tasks assigned by the supervisor around this deliverable are completed
  • Participation in Regional evaluation meetings, and sharing CO-Pakistans experience (as advised, authorized)
  • Collaboration meetings with UNDP and other UN agencies for SDGs data collection on UNICEFs related indicators
  • Key lessons-learning reviews conducted, documents developed
Requirements and Skills
  • Masters degree in statistics, economics, public health, nutrition, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, or related field. PhD a distinctive advantage.
  • At least six (6) years of relevant work experience in university, research organization, consulting firm, or related;
  • Extensive experience with quantitative/statistical and analytical data, including ability to carry out statistical analyses autonomously; or qualitative data analytical skills. Applicants must clearly specify in the application if they have quantitative or qualitative skills (or both when applicable);
How to Apply

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About Organization

Ever since 1948 when its first office was established in Pakistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been committed to the aspiration that one day, each and every child in the country, no matter where they live, or their family circumstances, will be guaranteed the right to survive. UNICEF does not stop there – the right to life is ineffectual if ill-health, ignorance, violence or exploitation denies a child his or her right to thrive. For this reason, UNICEF envisions a day when all children everywhere get a fair chance in life, and avail of meaningful opportunities to reach their full potential, unhampered by discrimination, bias, or favoritism.

This conviction underpins our work in Pakistan. Working in partnership with government at every level from the local to the provincial and federal, alongside committed donors, NGOs, CSOs and private organizations, UNICEF celebrates important achievement while recognizing that there is a long way to go before UNICEF can achieve the dream of a world fit for children.

Through the equity strategy, which emphasizes the most excluded and disadvantaged children, UNICEF translates our commitment to child rights into action. UNICEF are guided by key documents such as the Core Commitments for Children in humanitarian situations, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to which Pakistan is a signatory, as well as the aspirations of first the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF focuses on increasing access to services and opportunities by women and girls in all facets of life, and promote gender-sensitive action as a core priority.

This year, under government leadership to eradicate polio, UNICEF saw the number of cases plummet and geared up for a final push to end a disease which has brought disability and heartbreak to millions. UNICEF celebrated Pakistan’s National Vision for Coordinated Priority Action to Address the Challenges of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (2016–2025) which created a new framework for health care, and new strategies to help caregivers learn how to ensure that all children get the right nutrition at the right age. 

UNICEF helped bring children to school and investigated alternative streams for those left behind by the formal education system. UNICEF successfully piloted innovative ways of helping to register children at birth, and assure them of an identity.

Pakistan is prone to both natural and man-made disasters. UNICEF continued helping displaced and returning families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Recognizing the importance of preparing for future disasters, UNICEF supported training in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.

This year, UNICEF celebrated Pakistan’s achievement of its sanitation target under MDG 7. Our Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation was a key contributor to this success. 

In 2016, UNICEF begins efforts to help Pakistan achieve the SDGs – an opportunity to advance the rights and well-being of every child. Meaningful success will depend on renewed and effective partnerships at every level, from the federal government down to communities where our work has the most tangible impact. It requires high quality data and research, and innovative ways of addressing challenges. It requires an equity-based approach, so those who are traditionally excluded also benefit. As part of Pakistan’s One UN II programme and Delivering as One, UNICEF joins our United Nations peers in helping Pakistan’s governments meet this pressing challenge.